7 Foods to Remove From the Fridge Forever

Eat This Instead: Go with fresh veggies instead—or you can find some of the cheapest and most nutritious produce just a few aisles along, in the freezer. In fact, a study by the University of Georgia found that amounts of vitamin A, C and folate in frozen vegetables are sometimes even greater than their fresh counterparts. And when mixing salads, mix it up; choose one of our 10 Greens Healthier Than Kale.


Diet Soda  

Eat This, Not That! has told you to toss diet soda for years, and we’re not alone. “Soda, both diet and regular, have absolutely no nutritional benefits and may even have serious health implications,” says Gina Consalvo, MA, RD, LDN, a Pennsylvania-based registered dietitian. “Not only are they loaded with empty calories, harmful preservatives, sugar or artificial sweeteners, they also have dangerous artificial coloring derived from coal-tar. The coloring has been linked to allergic reactions, fatigue, asthma, skin rashes, hyperactivity, headaches and even cancer.” Okay, so, just checking, that’s a “no” on the soda, right?

Drink This Instead: Try mixing seltzer with a splash of grape or cranberry juice. Or make a pitcher of homemade iced tea—not the sugary stuff in a can—and blast belly fat by using one of these 5 Best Teas for Weight Loss.


Non-Dairy Creamer

“Non-dairy creamer.” That must be healthier than full-fat cream, right? Maybe, if you mix it with a little water and spread it on your nose before you take your position on the lifeguard chair. Like sunblock, coffee creamer contains titanium dioxide, a food additive shown to cause liver damage in mice; its safety for use in human foods was last reviewed in 1969. Creamers also contain partially hydrogenated oils (trans fat), artificial sweeteners, carrageenan, artificial coloring and other harmful additives. (It’s not the only food stuffed with weird stuff. Find out what’s in your bagels, wine, bacon and gum with the 15 Scariest Food Additives.)

Eat This Instead: Give your coffee extra body with a splash of almond milk instead. If you’re really addicted to a sweet sip in the morning, opt for Sugar in the Raw or a touch of agave.


Wheat Bread

Unless you’re a religious reader of labels, you may be stunned to discover that what’s marketed as “wheat” bread is identical to white bread—with a little molasses thrown in for color. Whether you’re talking breads, bagels, English muffins or any other kind of breakfast bread, refined white-flour foods like these are linked to weight gain, heart disease and Type 2 diabetes. When it comes to breads, think fiber, fiber, fiber—and read the labels.

Eat This Instead: Research confirms that eating whole grains can lower the risk of type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease, and hypertension. So after you toss out the junk, replace it with organic whole grain breads like Food for Life Ezekiel 4:9 Sprouted Grain Bread Sesame and Pepperidge Farm 100% Whole Wheat Mini Bagels.


White Rice and Pasta

Rice and pasta are getaway drivers for a lot of nutritional crimes—they transport fat, sugar and salt around town, helping them wreak havoc. Ditch the white stuff and swap in whole grain pasta and brown rice; it’s like taking your foot off the accelerator. The fiber in whole grains slows the passage of food through your system, keeping you fuller longer, reducing insulin spikes and giving you a dose of healthy fiber.

Eat This Instead: Look for brown and wild rice and whole-grain pastas that are free of any ingredients you can’t pronounce. We like Ronzoni Healthy Harvest Whole Grain Spaghetti and Barilla Whole Grain Linguine. Eating foods like these are just one of our essential 8 Daily Habits to Blast Belly Fat.

By David Zinczenko

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